Mike Christenson is leaving his job as Minneapolis’ director of Community Planning and Economic Development at the end of the year, when his current two-year appointment expires.
Christenson will be joining the Minnesota Business Partnership to work on education initiatives.
He was appointed to his current position by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who’s “a huge Mike fan,” says John Stiles, the mayor’s communication director.
Stiles calls Christenson a visionary who has overseen Minneapolis Promise, a program designed to help students in the city’s schools obtain high-quality summer jobs, get college and career counseling and improve their access to higher education.
Under Christenson’s leadership, Promise placed 14,000 city students into summer jobs. Of those student 87 percent were young people of color.
“Mike was the right person for the right time,” says Rybak, calling Christenson’s new job “perfect for him.”